Andrew St. James creates virtual series to fundraise for the Chapel staff, nonprofits

Fast Times, Andrew St. James

Andrew St. James performs with Fast Times at The Independent in San Francisco on Feb. 25, 2020. Derek Tobias/STAFF.

San Francisco musician Andrew St. James is launching a monthly virtual concert series with The Chapel to benefits the concert venue’s staff, as well as a different local nonprofit with each concert. Shows will take place the first Thursday of each month, beginning March 4, and be streamed at The Chapel’s Instagram page.

Viewers can male donations to The Chapel’s staff and the nonprofit via Venmo to @fasttimespresents, from which they will be distributed.

The first concert, at 7 p.m., will include performances by Tino Drima, Zelma Stone, Nari, James Wavey and St. James himself. The first nonprofit beneficiary is Mission Meals Coalition. Donations can be made anytime from now through the day after each concert.

St. James founded the “Fast Times.!” concert idea in 2018, when he began staging shows to support Amnesia before it closed in February 2020. Each concert was like a curated party with local artists, said Ashley Graham, a local music promoter who’s worked at several venues and runs Fast Times.! with St. James. In 2019 the concept expanded to The Chapel for quarterly events. He was about to expand to the Makeout Room last April, but that was scuttled by the pandemic. St. James’ band Fast Times grew out of the concept.

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